The Best Bookshops In Chicago

Kelly Bradshaw

Besides being known for its magnificent skyscrapers, Chicago is also home to a distinctive variety of bookshops offering an endless array of treasures. Below is a list of the best bookshops in Chicago which offer visitors a relaxing and cultured shopping and browsing experience in this vibrant area of Illinois.

Myopic Books

1. Myopic Bookstore

Park, Store

One of Chicago’s oldest and largest used bookshops, Myopic Bookstore is home to over an astonishing 80,000 editions. With three floors packed full of books, this atmospheric bookshop is sure to provide something to suit everyone. Offering a generous range of genres including fiction, art, sci-fi, religion, psychology, and more, Myopic Bookstore provides an endless array of possibilities for visitors hoping to discover a gem of a book. Price: budget to mid-range Opening hours: 9am-11pm Watch out for: the bookshop hosts semi-weekly series of reading and occasional poetry talks 1564 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, +1 773 862 4882

2. The Book Cellar

Bookstore, Store

The Book Cellar
© Liz Rice
Located in the heart of the culturally diverse Lincoln Square neighborhood, The Book Cellar is more than just a bookshop, as it also offers visitors a range of tasty bites, including sandwiches, soups and salads. Also offering a selection of beers and wines, The Book Cellar is perfect for tourists hoping to stop by and enjoy delicious food whilst they sit back and enjoy a book. This incredible bookshop provides the ideal retreat from the bustling city of Chicago. Price: mid-range Opening Hours: Mon 10am-10pm, Tues 12pm-6pm, Wed-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 12pm-6pm Watch out for: book clubs, spelling bees and live music 4736 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

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